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June 28, 2021
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Our Feature Story offers a list of questions we could ask our teams at the halfway point of 2021. The inquiries focus less on metrics, performance, and quotas and more on a positive outlook for the second half of the year.
In Pitch Perfect, we meet Shane Below, an inside sales rep for Hitachi Vantara. Watch his two-minute video to see his approach to when the prospect asks for a discount.
First, our chart of the week – it's quite an eye-opener. 👀
As a lead-in to our Feature Story, this chart should alarm sales leaders. US workers are quitting at a pace not seen since the dot com boom of the early 2000s.
Several factors are at play: a power shift in frontline employees determining where, when, and how they work; pandemic-induced savings and financial safety net for many; and a hyper-competitive job market.
Losing our reps and high performers is such a disruption and morale killer. Hopefully, the midyear assessment below will help drive engagement and retention with our teams.
It's halfway through the year. We certainly know where our team stands against the quota and KPIs, but what about outside the numbers? Do we know about the engagement and mental wellbeing of our reps? Are they still committed to the mission and the team or biding their time until that job offer comes along?
There's no "silver bullet" to recharging our team's batteries, but reps need a mental break. Using positive framing with our inquiries in one-on-ones and team huddles can help. Try asking these questions in July to improve our chances at keeping our best people and finishing the second half strong.
If the team conducts skip-level meetings, this might be the perfect time of the year to do another round. Experiment with the "skip level" if you haven't yet.
Other questions to consider asking during one-on-ones if we want to veer into problem-solving mode:
If you choose to ask a few of these questions, be prepared to take action. A solid first step would be to share a summary with the team and a plan to double down on what's working well.
Another action item could be asking your CEO or senior sales leader to join your huddle or mini kickoff for an all-team rally. Team building, if possible, could also be an effective option to boost team morale.
The goal should be to get the team excited and pumped for a successful last six months to 2021!
Shout out to Shane Belew for being our Pitch Perfect winner this week! He's an inside sales rep for Hitachi Vantara, a data management company with 10,000 employees.
Shane shows us how to challenge prospects when they ask for a discount by circling back to the value of your solution.
Click the image or the link below to watch!
Before we go, here are a few things that grabbed our attention:
Have fun booking meetings, closing deals, and making customers happy :)
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